Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. It is often characterized as the central science because chemistry appears just about everywhere, from physics to biology to material science to industrial production. The American Chemical Society provides an excellent resource for thoroughly exploring all the careers available to those who study chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry and Occupational Health Science offers three options for a major in chemistry and as well as a minor in chemistry.

  • The professional chemistry option has been certified by the American Chemical Society since 1973 and is designed especially for students who wish to prepare for industrial chemistry or for graduate study in chemistry.
  • The general chemistry option is designed to satisfy preprofessional requirements for medicine, dentistry, medical technology, and similar programs. 
  • The professional biochemistry option is designed for students who wish wish to prepare for graduate study in biochemistry or a related professional school such as medical, pharmacy, or dental school.